Just a reminder that the 2013-2014 Common Ground Speaker Series presents Po Brosnan's "Warrior or Worrier? Know Your Child’s Competitive Style" tonight and tomorrow. This evening's presentation starts at 7:00 p.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Saratoga. There is a morning and evening presentation at two different Bay Area venues tomorrow. Click over to our Common Ground page for complete details, directions and more.
Just a reminder that tomorrow--Tuesday, Oct. 8--is picture day. Photographer Doug Peck will be on campus to take student photographs for the yearbook. Please ensure your student is dressed appropriately, in accordance with the school dress code guidelines. If you would like to order additional prints, complete the order form on the Files & Forms page.
Speaking of pictures, we've uploaded a new batch of pics from last week's Middle Elementary trip to Westminster Woods. Stanbridge parents and guardians can login to the Parent Portal and view the photos in the online Media Room. Pics from the high school trip are coming soon, so check back later this week!
From Marilyn Lynch, Stanbridge Head of School:
Hello again. October has arrived and while the federal government may be shut down, things are humming along here at Stanbridge. Our Middle Elementary students returned Friday after a three-day adventure in Westminster Woods and our junior high students will be heading there soon for their fall experiential trip, October 15-17. Lots of highlights from these trips, including the High School trip to Web of Life School in September, and we're still sorting through the hundreds--thousands--of pictures that everyone took. Be sure to check in our Media Room next week when we will post a selection of these photos.
This past week, the Stanbridge Parents Association held their monthly SPA meeting which featured a full agenda. There's a lot coming up on the calendar, particularly in the second half of this month: The High School Service Day, the first dance of the school year, and the Halloween carnival, just to name just a few. Anna Zara is compiling the minutes from Wednesday's meeting and we'll post them on the SPA Spot page this week.
This coming week is a fairly quiet one here at Stanbridge, but please note that Tuesday, October 8 is picture day. Please ensure your student is dressed appropriately for their photo on Tuesday. Elementary and Junior High students should follow the dress code guidelines in the Parent-Student Handbook. We inadvertently neglected to include the High School student dress code in this year's handbook, but you can find the guidelines in this post on the Bridge Blog. An order form for additional prints can be found on the Files & Forms page.
Also, check your mailbox in the days ahead for a packet on our 2013-2014 Annual Fund. This year's campaign begins in earnest this week and there are a number of incentives for giving and giving early. The mailed packet includes a in-depth look at all of the programs and activities impacted by the Annual Fund and illustrates how your donation helps to make a difference. And making a difference is easier than ever now that you can make your donation online--simply click over to our Support Us section for details. Our school has always prided itself on the idea of the "Stanbridge Community"--parents, guardians, students, teachers, and alumni working together. The Annual Fund helps to ensure that our program remains strong and continues for the next 30 years and beyond. Together, we are Stanbridge, and on behalf of the Stanbridge Community, I thank you in advance for your participation in our Annual Fund Campaign.
Before signing off, two more reminders: First, the Common Ground Speaker Series kicks off its 2013-2014 season this week with Po Brosnan speaking at three Bay Area venues on October 8 and 9. You can read more about his presentation on our Lectures & Workshops page, which also includes a number of other upcoming events of note. Secondly, the donations for our November 16th "Cheers to 30 Years!" fall gala keep coming in. Just this week we received more restaurant gift certificates, jewelry donations, gift baskets and more. If you know of any friends, family members or businesses who would like to contribute auction items, we've made the process easy--simply click over to the Files & Forms page and download our two-page Auction Donor Packet. Thanks to everyone who has donated so far; it's going to be a spectacular night!
That's all for this week. Have a great weekend!
Pam Ehrlich, parent of a Stanbridge senior, has organized a special Open House at Cogswell Polytechnical College on the evening of Tuesday, October 22. This event has been planned exclusively for Stanbridge high school upperclassmen and their families who wish to lean more about the Cogswell programs and will feature a tour of the campus and Q&A sessions with the Cogswell faculty.
Cogswell is a four year college in Sunnyvale with bachelor degree programs in digital arts & animation, game design & development, digital audio technology, engineering, and digital media management. The school is not a special education school, however, there are several Stanbridge alumni currently attending the school. You can learn more about their programs on their website.
Click here to read more information on this Open House event and to RSVP to Pam.
It was recently brought to our attention that the section on dress code guidelines for Stanbridge high school students was inadvertently omitted from this year's Parent-Student Handbook. The high school dress code is as follows:
• Dresses/skirts/shorts (no shorter than 2 inches above the knee)
• Neat and clean pants or jeans
• Non-form-fitting shirts
• Shoes and socks that are safe and appropriate for P.E.
• Good hygiene is expected. Hair should be clean, well-kept and out of eye
• Clothing may not contain inappropriate or derogatory written or pictorial messages
• Torn or unclean attire
• Form-fitting pants, shorts, shirts, dresses, or skirts displaying mid-drifts
• Tank/tube/halter tops
• Pants worn at the knees
• Hats, caps, and hoods may not be worn inside the school building.
Clothing with drug, alcohol, sexual or violent themes and clothing which puts forth a derogatory or inflammatory message cannot be worn during school hours or at any school events.
Stanbridge faculty and staff will determine appropriateness of dress.
The monthly meeting of the Stanbridge Parent Association will be held on Wednesday, October 2 at 8:30 a.m. in Hayden Hall. All Stanbridge parents and guardians are welcome--and encouraged--to attend.
From Marilyn Lynch, Stanbridge Head of School:
Hello again. It was a quiet week on campus with the high school students away on their fall experiential trip. The group returned on Friday afternoon, and after a weekend of unpacking, cleaning-up and catching-up on rest, it will be back to a normal routine next week. It sounds like it was a great week away, however, and we'll be posting pictures in our Media Room next week, so be sure to check the blog for when we get the pics online.
The fall experientials continue this coming week when our Middle Elementary division heads to Westminster Woods, October 2-4. A familiar retreat for our students in years past, Westminster will get a double dose of Stanbridge this month as our Junior High division will also be visiting October 15-17.
Also coming up this week, the October SPA meeting will be held on Wednesday morning, 8:30 a.m. in Hayden Hall. There are a lot of upcoming events on the calendar, including the first high school dance of the school year and the end-of-the-month Halloween festivities. All Stanbridge parents and guardians are encouraged to attend the meeting; hope to see you there.
And don't forget that our November 16th "Cheers to 30 Years!" fall gala is coming soon. Already, a number of fabulous gift items have been donated for the silent auction, including vacation getaways, restaurant gift certificates, wine and gift baskets, and more. We're still soliciting donations and hoping you can help. There is a solicitation letter and donor agreement form packet on our Files & Forms page. If you would like to contribute items for the auction, please complete a copy of the packet and return the form and item(s) to the main office. Thanks to the many parents, guardians, and local businesses who have already donated items--we have a great variety so far which will help make this debut event a night to remember!
A lot to cover before the big night, however, including a busy October. It's back to school on Monday; until then, have a great weekend.
An updated version of the Stanbridge Family Directory has been posted on the Files & Forms page. Current Stanbridge families can access the document with their Parent Portal login. Updates to the directory will be published throughout the year as necessary. If you need to update your contact information, or would like to request a change/correction, please email our webmaster.
SAFE (Student Advisors for Education) is a student community that strives to educate, mentor, and support students, parents and teachers regarding the challenges and strengths of students with learning and attention differences. This unique group of teens is passionate about learning differently, pursuing their fullest potential and spreading awareness of their capacity for academic and life success.
The Parents Education Network (PEN) will be holding their September SAFE meetings in the Bay Area on Saturday, Sept. 28. Meetings will be held in San Francisco and San Carlos; full details are available on our Lectures & Workshops page, along with links for registration.
We've uploaded photos from last week's Upper Elementary experiential trip to Camp Sea Lab in Monterey to our online Media Room. Stanbridge families can access the page with their Parent Portal password.
The following colleges and universities have announced dates for their Fall Open Houses. Parents and guardians interested in learning more about these institutions can click the links below for more information. For assistance with transitions and planning for "life after Stanbridge," visit our website's Bridges Beyond Stanbridge section or contact Resource Specialist Diane Chau.
California State University-Chico • Chico, Ca.
Open House on Saturday, October 19
Becker College • Worcester, Ma.
Open House on Saturday, October 19
Northeastern University • Boston, Ma.
Open House on Saturday, October 26
Open House on Saturday, November 9
From Marilyn Lynch, Stanbridge Head of School:
Hello again. It was great to see so many parents and guardians at Tuesday's Back to School Night. If you could not make it, we have posted a copy of the BTS Night slideshow on our website's Files & Forms page. A lot of information was presented, including some important upcoming events on the calendar, notes on the website and QuickSchools, information on this year's Annual Fund Campaign and more. Of course, the primary focus of Back to School Night is meeting with your student's teachers to discuss their classes. As a reminder, you can find links to this year's curriculum on our website, along with teacher email addresses and their website links, in our Teachers section.
This past week marked the first round of Fall Experiential trips. Lower and Middle Elementary visited the Marine Science Institute on Tuesday and we've posted highlights in our Media Room. The Upper Elementary division was in Monterey Wednesday through Friday at Camp Sea Lab and we'll be uploading photos from their adventure next week. Also next week, the entire high school division will be spending the week in Aptos at the Web of Life School. Students will depart from Stanbridge on Monday morning and return on Friday by 3:00 p.m. If you did not drop-off your student's gear last week, please ensure you do a thorough check of the packing list this weekend (it is included in the forms packet on the Files & Forms page). Also, do not forget that your student needs to bring a bag lunch on Monday.
Finally, a number of speakers and workshops of interest are coming up. Don't forget to check the Lectures & Workshops page regularly for details. Also, Chris will be updating our Fall Directory next week. Please make sure you check your listing in our current directory (posted on the Files & Forms page) to verify your information. If we need to make any corrections, email Chris by Wednesday.
With Back to School Night behind us now, the school year has "officially" begun. Here's to a great year ahead.
Note: Don't forget that the Parent Portal password has been changed. Current Stanbridge families, check your email for the new login information or contact the main office to request access.
High school students who will be going on next week's experiential trip to the Web of Life School are asked to bring their packed bag(s) to school tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 20. Advisors will be performing a gear check with students on Friday afternoon to ensure no one is missing any critical items. All bags will be secured over the weekend and ready for students to load on Monday morning. The packing list for the trip is included in the trip packet, posted on our Files & Forms page.
The Stanbridge Student Government will be having their monthly bake sale during lunch recess on Friday.
The goods for sale will have been baked by parent volunteers and some items will be gluten free. To keep things simple, all items will cost $1. As many Stanbridge students know, you can't have a Bake Sale without "Uncle" James Warren crooning "The Bake Sale Song." We've re-posted video of this hit single on our Media Room page (...along with some new pics from this week's elementary field trip, too!)
All high school students are invited to see the movie The Butler on Friday, September 20, at the Century 12 theaters in San Mateo. The movie starts at 3:50 p.m., is rated PG-13, and runs 2-1/2 hours. The Butler is a historical drama that focus on a man who was the butler to several U.S. presidents. The film incorporates many of the important events of those presidencies and features many A-list actors.
Students who wish to attend the movie will meet in Hayden Hall when school ends and then walk to the theater with a group of parent chaperones. Parents, siblings, and Stanbridge alumni are welcome to join. Students will be purchasing their own ticket and snacks; $20 is typically enough to cover those costs.
Please discuss pick-up arrangements with your student. If you are picking up your child, try to be at the theater when the movie gets out. The movie is 2-1/2 hours long and with the previews it will be around 6:15 when it gets out. A parent chaperone will walk with students to the Caltrain depot if there are any students getting home by train. Also, please stress to your student that they remain in the theater during the movie. They can use the restrooms but shouldn't leave the building. It is impossible for the parent volunteers to monitor the kids outside.
For more information on this afterschool event, contact Anna Zara.
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